A few words …

for Friday Fictioneers


It’s long remained a mystery, the cold spot twixt the trees.  A place that on the warmest days can chill you to the bone.

Some say the Ice Queen’s throne once sat there.  Others claim it’s the site of a dastardly murder committed one winter’s morn when an icicle pierced a victim’s heart.  It’s even said a colony of snow creatures inhabits a frozen warren beneath the forest floor.

But no.  They are wrong.  Only I know the truth.  And you will never know.  Unless you linger long enough to freeze your blood.  Then you’ll know but wish you never did.




fridge-in-the-woodsMy tale has loosely based the picture from Rochelle who is, of course, also the host of Friday Fictioneers

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68 thoughts on “A few words …

  1. rochellewisoff May 6, 2020 / 15:36

    Dear Keith,

    You leave us with a cold case mystery. Great use of metaphor. Love it!



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  2. Iain Kelly May 6, 2020 / 15:37

    And I’m out of there quick smart! Good to have you back Keith, hope you had a good A to Z last month 🙂

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 6, 2020 / 16:01

      Before you dash off, thanks. I had a very good A-Z! We get one day a week off which is Sunday. I wish they’d make it Wednesday instead!

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      • Iain Kelly May 6, 2020 / 17:44

        It’s been a couple of years since I took part, just can’t find the time to commit. Maybe next year.

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      • Archon's Den May 9, 2020 / 03:14

        Why not publish on Sunday, and take Wednesday off? The numbers work out the same. I publish every second Monday, from April to April. 🙂

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  3. Dale May 6, 2020 / 15:41

    Love this, Keith. Excellent take on the prompt (maybe put an r in pieced?)

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 6, 2020 / 16:00

      Cheers Dale. I don’t know about you, but no matter how many times I edit, I invariably miss something even with my trusty pal Grammarly at my side!

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      • Dale May 6, 2020 / 16:06

        In Grammarly’s defense, it is a real word 😉
        And yeah, no matter how many times…

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  4. Sandra May 6, 2020 / 16:39

    I can pass on knowing. It seems like the safer option. Well done.


  5. ceayr May 6, 2020 / 17:03

    Yeah, go on then, my blood’s pretty cool already!

    Quite scary for you, Keith, nearly as scary as Rosey!


    • Keith's Ramblings May 7, 2020 / 11:19

      If you bring Rosey with you I’ll have to give in – she could scare a scarer!


  6. Frédérique May 6, 2020 / 17:50

    Wow, beautiful tale, a mystery I would love to know, but no chill please 😉 Oh well, I will have a hot cup of tea 😉

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  7. msjadeli May 6, 2020 / 19:58

    Oh my, that sounds like the beginning of a most chilling longer story. Well-done, Keith. I would love to hear more and am willing to risk my blood chilling.

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  8. larry trasciatti May 6, 2020 / 21:38

    Unfortunately that’s a part of mankind’s oldest curse. Each of us is replete with gnostic tendencies.

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  9. Na'ama Yehuda May 7, 2020 / 16:21

    Ah, I like! Though I’m not booking my trip to come see this place in person … 😉
    (Poor froggy needs mittens. Looks cold even in that scarf…). 😉

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  10. aseemrastogi2 May 7, 2020 / 17:11

    Beautifully written Keith! Excellent take on the prompt 😀

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  11. James McEwan May 7, 2020 / 19:31

    I think I have come across cold places like this in the forest, they have an atmosphere that sends chills rippling down my spine. Great atmospheric tale, I enjoyed reading your mysterious of the Ice Queen’s last place.

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  12. Brenda's Thoughts May 7, 2020 / 19:49

    Too many warning signs, too many rumors. I’d have to take a hard pass. I love the mystery you created in the last bit. Nicely done!

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  13. Inside the Mind of Isadora May 7, 2020 / 20:49

    I absolutely love this story, Keith. Indeed, the perfect use of the photo prompt to create your metaphor.
    5 **** stars … Be safe … Be healthy … Be happy
    Isadora 😎

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  14. plaridel May 7, 2020 / 22:40

    curiousity aroused. but since curiousity killed the cat, maybe i should pass. 🙂

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  15. draliman May 8, 2020 / 04:17

    Eek! I think I’m okay with living in ignorance on this mystery. Nice one!

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  16. wmqcolby May 8, 2020 / 16:18

    Good poetics, Keith. Has kind of a “Hamlet Flavor” to it which is good and works great! Very read aloud-able, too! Made me wonder, OK, whose responsibility is it for this cold spot? No one knows but one …

    Five out of five “singing golden spiders.”

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  17. Nan Falkner May 8, 2020 / 22:42

    “Curiosity killed the cat!” I would be scared – but at least cal the authorities! It’s a pretty setting the trees – sad to ruin it. Great story!

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  18. Woman walking Max May 10, 2020 / 16:53

    OOh — I felt chilled in every sense by your story ! I hate being cold so would run away as fast as I could.

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